I've just about lost total interest in this project.
And if you're like me and thought that GOTHAM was going to be an urban crime drama set in Gotham City and focusing on young GCPD officer Jim Gordon, you will too after your hear the news below.
According to Fox Network chairman Kevin Reilly said that GOTHAM will pretty much be the Batman version of Superman's SMALLVILLE while attending Television Critics Association presser in Pasadena, CA yesterday. “This is all of the classic Batman characters,” Reilly said during the panel. “It follows the arc of how they all became what they were. I’ve read the script its really good. It’s going to be this operatic soap that has a slightly larger-than-life quality.”
And despite previous reports saying otherwise -- most of which came via the trades -- Bruce Wayne/Batman WILL be a major character; from the time he's a child to “the final episode of the series when he puts on the cape [becoming Batman].”
The network’s deal with Warner Bros./DC Comics includes the rights to ALL the classic Batman characters — The Joker, The Riddler, Catwoman, Penguin and even The Batman himself - and they'll all be "younger" versions of the characters. "This is the Batman franchise, just backing it up,” Reilly said. GOTHAM also will not have any ties to Warner Bros. Picture's Batman on film or the DC Cinematic Universe. "Warner Brothers manages the entire [Batman]franchise and its one of their top global franchises of all. So there will be an awareness of both [the Batman TV and film continuities] and we'll have to coordinate when we're in the market place, but the productions are not piggy-backing off one another," said Reilly.
It's bascially a new version of the origin of Batman that will be it's own thing -- and everything "Batman" is theirs to use. "We own all the rights. That's what we're licencing," Reilly said. "They brought us the entire franchise for a very healthy licence fee. We're not negotiating this piece meal. We have all of the underlying Batman rights for the entire franchise for this series."
Man, I was SO fired up for this series, and now I'm a bit bummed out as it's not going to be the "Gordon-centric/urban crime drama" it looked like it was going to be. This sounds like nothing more than a reboot of SMALLVILLE, but set it the world of Batman this time around. I'm thinking this is going to suck, but I hope I'm wrong. With that said, I'm certainly going to keep and open mind and give GOTHAM a shot, but it's going to have to earn my trust and respect.